Have you ever dreamt of being lucky enough to win the lottery? The golden ticket holders on the following list might make you change your mind. Most of them either regret winning the jackpot or admit it made their lives hell. Let’s see unhappy stories of those who won the lottery but then lost it all.
Janite Lee, a 52-year-old woman, won 18 million dollars from the Missouri Lottery in 1993. The South Korean immigrant did not hesitate to spend a lot of money on educational programs, community services, political organizations and bought million-dollar houses and cars. Lee was reported to donate $277,000 to Democratic political candidates so that she could have dinner with Bill Clinton, Al Gore and President of South Korea. Besides, Lee wasted $347,000 per year for her gambling habit. Finally, she was forced to file for bankruptcy with a paltry $700 left in her account.
Sometimes even good intentions can get wildly out of hand as was the case for Janite Lee.
Winning £152,000 on the football pools and in 1961, Nicholson spent all her money within five years. She bought racing horse, pink Cadillac car and got married five times. Eventually, she had to live on £87 pension per week.
Vivian Nicholson announced to the press that she was going to "spend, spend, spend".
Michael Carroll, a 26-year-old man, won $15 million in 2002. Only a year later, Carroll spent about £2000 a day to use cocaine and parties at the 325,000-pound house at Grange, Norfolk. In 2008, his cash balance was just £500,000. Currently, Carroll receives £42 of unemployment pension a week.
Michael Carroll burnt $15 million on parties and prostitutes.
In 1993, Suzanne Mullins won $4.2 million in the lottery. In five years, she fell into debt and used all that money to offset $ 200,000 from a lending company. Mullins then tried to make money but paid the company back. They later sued her for the missing amount. Mullins claimed that because of having no insurance, she had to pay $1-million medical bills for her son-in-law’s long illness.
Mullins apparently has no assets left to pay off her debt.
Evelyn in New Jersey hit the jackpot in 1985 and 1986 to the sum of $5.4 million but she is a heavy gambler. With Atlantic City casinos, Evelyn "burnt" all her money in a short time. Twenty years later, Adams was broke and had to live in a trailer.
“I wish I had the chance to do it all over again. I'd be much smarter about it now," Adams once revealed.
Ken Proxmire from Michigan won $1 million in the 1977 Michigan Lottery. Proxmire used his winnings to indulge his inner entrepreneur. He moved to California and run automobile business with his brothers. Several years later, his business was $100,000 in debt and went bankrupt.
Since Proxmire’s business failure, tax payments and bankruptcy settlements have gobbled up most of his annual winnings.
Jeffrey Dampier won $20 million in the Illinois Lottery in 1986. Upon receiving his prize, the generous winner immediately began showering friends and family with expensive gifts including cars, houses and exotic journeys. Unfortunately, on July 26, 2005 Dampier’s sister-in-law and her boyfriend kidnapped the millionaire and shot him in the back of the head, which killed him instantly.
It could be seen that jealousy was deemed the motive.
Billie Bob Harrell, Jr.
Billie Bob Harrel Jr. won a $31 million Texas jackpot in 1997. First, he bought a ranch, six houses for himself and family, and some new cars. Like many winners, he had trouble saying no to those who ask for his funds. As a result, Harrell’s life became too stressful to handle. Twenty months after becoming a millionaire, he committed suicide.
“Winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.” Harrell confided to a financial adviser.
Jack Whittaker, a 55-year-old man in West Virginia, hit nearly $315 million in the Powerball Lottery on December 26, 2002. A few months later, thieves broke into his car and stole $545,000 while he was visiting a strip club. A year after claiming his prize, Whittaker was arrested for threatening the life of a bar manager. And by the end of the year, his 17-year-old granddaughter whom he had been giving a $2,100 weekly allowance was found dead of drug overdose. His daughter - mother of the dead granddaughter – died afterwards of as-yet-undetermined causes.
A series of miserable events happened to Jack Whittaker.
Callie Rogers won £1.9 million in a UK lottery. The luckiest 16-year-old teen spent her winnings on vacations, homes, shopping, friends, and even a couple of breast improvements. Six years later, Rogers is a 22-year-old single mother of two children. She now works as a maid to support herself and her family.
She is now paying off debt induced by her spending.
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